Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before.
A killer who is just like him.
Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry. But now, Whitlock is a free agent who has been directed to terminate his fellow student of death. He knows how his target thinks, how he moves, and how he kills. And he knows the best way to do the job is to make Gentry run for his life - right up until the moment Dead Eye finally ends it.
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The story is good and well written. There are some logical inconsistencies. There is also a bit of sexism where the Mosad team leader assumes that a female operative is overly traumatized by some deaths and her judgement is clouded.
If you like fast paced, non stop action plots in which the good guy always wins you'll like this book. The narration at times was too much to take. You'd think that when reading a story set in Europe the narrator might take a few minutes to learn how to pronounce some basic place names, but the narrator of this book has yet to meet a foreign word he can't butcher.
From the publisher’s summary: “Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him.” While this book stands very well on it’s own, I wish I had started this series from the first book. I will be looking for the others now, in order. Excellent, rough ride. 5 stars.
I have listened to a couple of books in Mark Gearney's "The Gray Man" series. I've started to imagine what the shadowy rogue agent Courtland Gentry might be like if I saw him at the local 7-11. He'd be wearing jeans and a t-shirt and a black baseball cap; open the door for the elderly woman coming in just behind him; pick out a triangle sandwich, an apple and milk; and make a friendly nod as he pays the young clerk with cash, carefully looking down so his face isn't caught on the security camera. Gentry'd be a wraith, forgotten as soon as he leaves the store.
If internet rumors are true, I'll find out how some Hollywood director sees Gentry, but probably not as soon as I'd like. I hope the movie's based on "Dead Eye" (2013), because it's really good. This is a thriller and "The Gray Man" is a series, so it's no spoiler to say that Gentry lives. The question is what's his mission; who's trying to stop and kill him, and why; and what technologically innovative way he uses to survive.
What I really liked is that Gearney developed two really complex characters, including a great female character. She's a kick a** American born Israeli intelligence officer, serving in the legendary Mossad. I'm a chick, and I like to have someone I can identify with. I'm middle aged, and I finally admitted to myself that I'm never going to find myself absorbed in a romance novel, or identify with E. L. James' Anastasia Steele and the (other) Grey man. I'm glad Gearney wrote a woman character I admire in a genre I like.
The plot was intricate, and it took a long time to figure out what was going on. I could have avoided the suspense by reading the publisher's synopsis, but that would have taken the anticipation out of the listen. What's the fun in that?
The title of the review is Gentry's CIA covert operator name, and his security access code.
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Chapter after chapter of silly decisions and off the wall plot. The Gray Man is more similar to Leon of The Professional movie than Jason Bourne.
OK, but only because I was halfway through when I realized the detail and use of superhuman characteristics of the main characters began to swamp the plot. I decided to tough if out.
Ok, but in keeping with the author's propensity to salvage situations with all-too-frequent literary legerdemain.
Not as good as others for the genre.
No, because it already stretches the art of the possible for the human characters and Hollywood would make this worse.
Author uses excessive attribution of super humanity to the main characters and far too imaginative technological capabilities to agencies. It was like listening to a comic book and I out-grew them long ago.
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